What is the Ontario Climate Consortium?

The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) represents a distributed collective of scientists, researchers and practitioners from across Ontario with a focus on addressing climate change issues pertinent to Ontario and beyond.

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Why was it created?

Climate adaptation demands an informed, pro-active local response to mitigate the risks. The OCC exists to help Ontario become more resilient to climate change by building local capacity for relevant, state-of-the-art climate science.

The Ontario Climate Consortium was developed through a consensus-building process involving government, universities, conservation authorities, NGOs and the private sector. The OCC builds upon the well-established climate science expertise located within partner universities as well as the practical experience of end users such as municipalities, businesses and conservation authorities.

OCC is helping position Ontario at the global forefront of climate change thought and action.

Our Mission

To equip public and private sector decision makers with regionally-specific climate data, intelligence and adaptation services that enable effective policy and investment responses to climate uncertainty in Ontario.

Our Objectives

  • To provide one-window access to multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-institutional climate change expertise in Ontario.
  • To generate high quality, regionally-specific climate intelligence that empowers Ontario stakeholders to meet mitigation and adaptation needs.
  • To cultivate constructive collaboration between public and private sector climate practitioners to advance climate research and build a world-class climate industry in Ontario.